Category: Dessert

Chocolate Almond Squares

Chocolate Almond Squares

Hey, folks! I’ve been keeping healthy gummies and chocolates in stock for when the kids need a quick snack, but yesterday we ran out of our homemade peanut butter cups (recipe coming soon). I’ve been having a lot of fun experimenting with making a solid milk chocolate, so this was a lot of fun!

Chocolate Almond Squares

Course Dessert, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Author Kristy

Ingredients

  • 2-4 Tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 1 Cup Salted butter 1 stick
  • 1/4 Cup Coconut oil
  • 1/4 Cup Erythritol
  • 1/4 Tsp Vanilla extract
  • 1/4 Tsp Cinnamon For extra flavor
  • 1 Tsp Moringa greens powder or collagen powder Optional, I just like packing it in for the kids
  • 1/4 Cup Raw Almonds Whole or crushed
  • 1/4 Cup Heavy whipping cream

Instructions

  1. With a mortar and pestle or rolling pin, crush the almonds into a coarse consistency.

  2. In a microwave safe bowl combine butter and coconut oil. Microwave for 15-30 seconds. If butter and oil are soft already you can skip this. We don't want melted, only softened, so watch it closely.

  3. Mash the two together with a fork. 

  4. Add cream and vanilla and mix.

  5. Add cocoa powder, greens powder, and erythritol. Stir the dry ingredientd in well. You should have a pretty, milk chocolate with a mousse-like consistency.

  6. For setting the chocolate, either line a container with parchment paper or use plastic or silicone, something that you can pop the chocolate out of easily. Mix the almonds into your chocolate or spread them on top afterwards.

  7. Using a spatula or spoon, spread the mixture evenly in your container or mold. Place in the fridge to set for 4-6 hours.

  8. Remove from refrigerator. Pull parchment paper out and, with a sharp knife, slice into squares.

  9. Store in refeigerator for up to a week.

Strawberry Super Smoothie

Strawberry Super Smoothie

I’ll tell you the truth: when I get really busy and it’s hard to write, recipes and crafts are the quickest, easiest thing to do. I’m having a hard time squeezing everything I need to do into one day right now, but I figured it’s worth it to take ten minutes to write this up.

I finally got myself to stop eating dairy again, hooray! I’m looking forward to seeing how it affects my digestion, energy levels, and maybe even weight–fingers crossed. My kids, however, are still allowed to eat dairy. I do feel like Karissa does better without it, and she was extremely intolerant when she was a baby, but if I’m being honest with myself it’s one of the more delicious food groups and it’s harder to find kiddo-friendly snacks when you don’t include fruit on a regular basis or most processed foods.

This is a fun smoothie that the girls approve of and is packed full of nutrients for small, developing bodies! The recipe calls for dairy, but it’s really optional. It’s very versatile–you could replace the kefir and cream with coconut milk (which I have) and it’s just as good.

Moringa Greens

Collagen Hydrolysate

Strawberry Super Smoothie


Course Breakfast, Dessert, Drinks, Snack
Prep Time 5 minutes
Servings 2
Author Kristy

Ingredients

  • 1 tbsp chia seeds
  • 1 tsp moringa greens and protein powder
  • 1 tsp collagen hydrolysate powder
  • 1 cup chopped strawberries any berries are good
  • 1/4 cup unsweetened kefir or coconut milk
  • 2 tbsp heavy whipping cream
  • 1/4 cup spring mix/salad greens
  • 1/4 cup water or almond milk
  • 1 squirt stevia occasionally I use banana instead

Instructions

  1. Add chia seeds to blender/bullet and blend into a powder.

  2. Combine everything else in blender and blend until smooth. You can add more almond milk or water if you want it to be thinner. I have to do this so that the kids can drink it through a straw.

  3. Pour into cups and serve. 

Keto Butter Coffee

Keto Butter Coffee

Clearly I’m fond of beverage recipes. Lately I’ve been drinking a cup of this coffee in the morningsĀ  (and making the kids a decaf coffee or decaf chai version), and it’s plenty of fat to hold me over until lunch. As a tandem nursing mom, that isn’t easy to do! I lost nearly ten pounds this week–granted, we’ve been hiking everyday and I’ve got a lot to lose, but it’s very exciting.

 

Keto Butter Coffee

A delicious modified version of bulletproof coffee.

Servings 1
Author Kristy

Ingredients

  • 1 Cup Coffee My family uses Elite instant coffee
  • 1 Tbsp Butter We use Kerrygold
  • 1 Tbsp MCT or coconut oil
  • 3 Drops Liquid stevia
  • 2 Tbsp Heavy whipping cream
  • 1 Tbsp Collagen hydrosolate powder Optional--I don't use this in the mornings, but put it in the kid's drinks. We use Great Lakes brand.
  • Dash Himalayan salt

Instructions

  1. Brew coffee.

  2. In a blender (or a milk frother or whatever, I use a magic bullet) combine everything. Let butter and oil melt.

  3. Blend until frothy, about 5 seconds. If you are using a bullet like me, be careful! Pressure can build up quickly.

  4. Pour into a mug and enjoy.

Coconut Whipped Cream

Coconut Whipped Cream

I (usually) avoid dairy because of my thyroid and general digestive issues with it. As such, I’ve finally concocted a substitute for whipped cream made with coconut milk/cream!

Coconut Whipped Cream

A dairy free whipped cream alternative

Prep Time 5 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 1
Author Kristy

Ingredients

  • 1 Can Coconut cream Coconut milk will work, make sure that it's a brand that has solids on top or has been refrigerated to produce this effect
  • 1/4 Tsp Vanilla
  • Stevia drops Or another liquid sweetener to taste
  • 1 Pinch Tapioca starch

Instructions

  1. Open coconut milk. Scoop solids into a bowl (or bullet cup). A little bit of the coconut water is fine, but be careful not to add too much or it won't emulsify properly and will separate.

  2. Add sweetener, vanilla and tapioca starch. Blend or whip. This should form a nice, thick consistency.

  3. Taste and enjoy.

Powdered Chocolate Cookies

Powdered Chocolate Cookies

Ho ho ho. I found out that I have Hashimoto’s recently, which explains a lot, and because of this I’m on another unforgiving diet (aren’t I always?) It’s AIP except with nuts and cocoa. No nightshades, eggs, dairy, grain, or soy.

I started making these cookies because of how easy they are. All you need is a few ingredients laying around and bam–you’ve got chocolate cookies! I like them with powdered swerve sprinkled on top, they remind me of crinkle cookies like this. My measurements are always guesses, since I usually don’t measure when I bake. I am sending these to work with my husband and making a huge batch to take to my in-laws on Christmas day, too.

Powdered Chocolate Cookies

Course Dessert
Prep Time 5 minutes
Cook Time 25 minutes
Total Time 30 minutes
Servings 1 Dozen
Author Kristy

Ingredients

  • 2 Cups Almond flour I've used coconut flour too. Alternatives are fine, I love almond flour
  • 1/4 Cup Tapioca starch
  • 1/4 to 1/2 Cup Cocoa powder
  • Pimch Sea salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Vanilla
  • 1/2 Cup Swerve sweetener I used confectioners powdered. You will want a little extra for dusting.
  • 1/2 Cup Almond milk
  • Dash Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice

Instructions

  1. Preheat oven to 375Ā°. Combine dry ingredients in a mixing bowl. Stir well with a fork.

  2. Add almond milk and vanilla. Mix thoroughly. Mixture should be a good consistency--not too doughy or liquidy. To correct too much liquid simply add more tapioca starch, and more almond milk if too thick.

  3. Spoon onto parchment paper on cookie sheets and bake for 25-30 minutes. Remove when still soft, they will firm up as they cool. Dust with powdered swerve and serve. 

Sweet Buttercream Latte

Sweet Buttercream Latte

Last night I was making hot cocoa and happened to taste my mixture right before I added the cocoa powder–oh my! It tasted like a warm, frothy version of buttercream ice cream.

There is no coffee in this, but I didn’t know what else to call it. There IS, however, lots of almond milk and deliciousness!

Sweet Buttercream Latte

Course Dessert, Drinks
Prep Time 1 minute
Cook Time 3 minutes
Total Time 4 minutes
Servings 2
Author Kristy

Ingredients

  • 16 Ounces Almond milk
  • 1 Tbsp Salted butter We use Kerrygold
  • 1/4 Tsp Vanilla Optional, I like it with and without
  • Liquid stevia To taste

Instructions

Method 1: quick mix

  1. Microwave almond milk for 2-3 minutes. 

  2. Add butter, vanilla, and sweetener. Blend until frothy.

  3. Enjoy!

Method 2: stovetop

  1. Stovetop is ideal for bigger batches. Pour almond milk into a pot and warm over medium heat. 

  2. Add butter and sweetener and whisk. Mixture should become frothy as it combines.

  3. Add vanilla and remove from heat. Pour into mugs and enjoy. 

This is also delightful with a dash of cinnamon. Happy Holidays!

 

Butter Pecan Coffee

Butter Pecan Coffee

Excuse the dirty countertop.

I just noticed that this nomdescript picture looks strikingly similar to my picture of keto cocoa, but they are different, I promise. I love the flavors of fall, and even though the seasons haven’t noticeably changed much here in southern California, my mind has still switched over to the autumn mentality. What better way to kick off the beginning of fall than butter pecan flavored coffee?

My husband is a creature of habit, but when he tasted this instead of falling back on his regular cup of coffee, he said, “Oh wow I want that.” That’s a win in my book.

Butter Pecan Coffee

Delicious, aromatic blend of butter, pecans, and cinnamon added to your regular ol' cup of Joe. 

Ingredients

Pecan Cream

  • 1/2 Cup Pecans Soaked overnight and drained
  • 1/4 Cup Almond milk

Coffee

  • 1-2 Tbsp Pecan cream Store remaining in fridge
  • 2-4 Drops Liquid stevia Or other sweetener to taste
  • 1 Tbsp Unsalted butter
  • 1 Tbsp Salted butter
  • 1 Mug Coffee Leave room for frothy deliciousness. Use whatever coffee you like--I use Elite instant coffee.
  • 1 Tsp Cinnamon
  • 1/4 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 1/4 Tsp Allspice

Instructions

  1. Soak pecans overnight. Drain water.

  2. Combine soaked pecans and almond milk. Blend until mixture is a smooth consistency. 

  3. Pour your cup of coffee.

  4. Add butters, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, sweetener, 1-2 tbsp of pecan cream mixture to blender (I use a magic bullet.)

  5. Pour coffee over mixture. Allow butter to melt for a moment before blending. If you use a bullet like I do you need to be quick, and take the lid off fast! Don't let the pressure build up inside from the heat.

  6. Pour into mug. Should be bold, frothy, and delectable. 

This would be amazing with maple syrup in it, but alas, I am simply not able to do that yet.

Cinnamon Fried Apples

Cinnamon Fried Apples

I started making these for my kids, but everyone loves it! We made a batch for Thanksgiving last year and it was a hit. It’s still sugar–it’s apples–but there is no sweetener and the fat balances the sugar out quite a bit. Fair warning, this will make your house smell like apple pie.

 

Cinnamon Fried Apples

Course Dessert
Prep Time 10 minutes
Cook Time 15 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Servings 4
Author Kristy

Ingredients

  • 3 Tbsp Coconut oil
  • 2 Tbsp Cinnamon
  • Dash Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Nutmeg
  • 5 Apples

Instructions

  1. In a large skillet, melt coconut oil over low heat. 

  2. Peel and dice your apples.

  3. Move apples to pan. Add cinnamon, nutmeg, and salt and fry over medium heat until apples are soft. 

If you are making this for a younger baby, simply blend with a small amount of liquid (water, breast milk, whatever) to an appropriate consistency. You can freeze this in little batches for later, but if using something like an ice cube tray it might help to oil it beforehand–mine were difficult to get back out. These would be fantastic with some homemade streusel crumble and homemade whipped cream on top or stuffed into fathead crust and baked into little mini apple pies!

Low Carb Chocolate Pudding

Low Carb Chocolate Pudding

This delicious recipe is a real food, keto-friendly substitute to the chemical filled boxed chocolate pudding that you can buy at the store.

Low Carb Chocolate Pudding

Course Breakfast, Dessert, Snack
Cuisine chocolate
Prep Time 3 minutes
Cook Time 2 minutes
Total Time 5 minutes
Servings 2
Author Kristy

Ingredients

  • 3 Avocados
  • 1/2 Cup Almond milk Or other milk
  • 1/4 Cup Heavy whipping cream
  • Dash Of Salt
  • 1/4 Tsp Vanilla
  • 2 Tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 2 Tbsp Stevia Or other sweetener to taste

Instructions

  1. Cut, pit, and scoop avocados. 

  2. Combine everything in a blender and blend until smooth.

  3. Taste test. Once you have a combination that you like, you're done!

Keto-cocoa

Keto-cocoa

 

We are getting ready to go on our anniversary camping trip soon, and camping and cocoa seem to go hand in hand. With all the allergy and intolerance problems that my family has, the quest for good hot chocolate has been a long, drawn out one. After much trial and error, however, I have finally found a winner! This recipe–originally invented for my husband, toddler and I–is both delicious and low carb as is. Of course, you can always experiment with ingredients until you find something that works for you.

Keto-cocoa

Course Dessert, Drinks
Cuisine chocolate
Prep Time 2 minutes
Cook Time 5 minutes
Total Time 7 minutes
Servings 4
Author Kristy

Ingredients

  • 4 Cups Almond milk Or milk of choice
  • 2 Tbsp Cocoa powder
  • 1/2 Tsp Vanilla
  • Dash Of Salt
  • 10-15 Drops Liquid stevia

Instructions

  1. Combine almond milk, cocoa powder, sweetener and salt in a small pot over medium heat. 

  2. Slowly whisk as mixture heats up. Whisk periodically until combined. Stir in vanilla.

  3. Remove from heat, poir into mugs and enjoy. 

 

Modification ideas:
1 tsp peppermint extract
1 tbsp gelatin
1 tbsp coconut oil
1 tbsp butter
Marshmallows
1 tsp cinnamon
Whipped cream

Admittedly I’ve never really measured all the ingredients for this–I just eyeball it until it looks right. We pour this into giant mugs and a Pura Kiki sippy cup for my daughter, so the servings vary. Any of the above modifications could be added for an additional kick. This is a great way to sneak in some extra fat with the addition of oil, cream or butter. Heck, I’ve even used this to give my daughter medicine. It’s just such a fun winter treat and it feels great to have a guilt-free version that I’m eager to whip up for family and friends. I hope that you love it as much as we do!